Creatubbles: Designed with Kids in Mind

By | 2016-12-09T08:35:18+00:00 July 14th, 2015|

Have you ever found yourself wishing there was a social media tool designed specifically for students that you could use safely in the classroom (without jumping through a bunch of hoops) AND that could be used for a variety of instructional purposes?  If so, we’ve found a solution that might help!  Creatubbles is an online social media tool designed with kids in mind right from the start.

When I first spoke with Paul Greenberg, the co-founder of Creatubbles, my mind began swimming with all the possibilities for using this simple and elegant tool in our classrooms.  At first glance, it almost feels like a cross between Pinterest (with a grid layout) and Facebook (you can “like” a piece of artwork with bubbles).  But then I also noticed that each bubble you place on someone’s work that you like can have a comment attached, and each artwork upload can have an artist statement attached – either through writing OR via audio.  So it almost reminded me a bit of Artsonia or Three Ring.

In the end, I think what’s great about this tech tool is that it’s a curation, creation and reflection tool using art as a medium for all three.  And since it was designed for use by children, it’s extremely easy to use.  My 5-year old daughter figured out how to upload, comment, and share artwork within 5 minutes.  Yet, the gallery features and the artists statement capabilities engage even the most sophisticated user.

In today’s EducationCloset On-Demand episode, I’m taking you on a tour of Creatubbles functionalities and giving you some ideas for ways you can use this as a tool in your arts integration and art education classes.

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So what did you think?  Is your mind swimming like mine was?  Since it’s summer, why not try out the platform and play with some of its features.  After all – it’s free and could provide you with the resource you need for your next lesson, unit, or even back-to-school arts night.

I’d love to hear from you: how would you envision using this arts-based social media tool?  Let’s brainstorm some possibilities together!

About the Author:

Susan Riley is the founder and President of EducationCloset.com. She focuses on teacher professional development in arts integration, Common Core State Standards, 21st century learning skills, and technology. She is also a published author and frequent presenter at national conferences on Arts Integration and Arts and the Common Core.Susan holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the prestigious Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and a Master of Science in Education Administration from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. She lives in Westminster, MD with her husband and daughter.Email Susan
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